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  •  I have no problem with sensible gun ownership. (2+ / 0-)
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    Minnesota Deb, a2nite

    But the definition of "sensible" varies from person to person.

    As one who had to force an unstable person to give up his .38 special I well understand the need to keep weapons out of the reach of mentally disturbed persons.  Thus universal background checks are to me a necessity.  Proper training in gun safety and proper handling is also necessary, as would be liability insurance.  Better mental health programs are also a must.  As to banning "assault" rifles, I could live with that not happening if clips larger than ten bullets were banned.  Better protection for schools - yes, but we need to be willing to payTAXES to support this, not just mandate it with no funding.  These, of course, are my opinions alone, and I cannot speak for others.

    I agree with Vice President Biden that a shotgun makes a pretty effective deterrent and the point was proven by the woman who shot one home invader and chased off another. She DID NOT use an assault weapon, but a 12-gauge shotgun!

    The steps above are not going to end violence, as the critics say,  but (as the president said) if we can save the life of one child (and I suspect that if these rules were nation-wide we would save many more!) we should do it.  Laws against murder by knife or any other method, including guns, do not absolutely stop murder, but you would have to be really dense to believe that they stop NO murders.


    •  I would also add gun locks ... (0+ / 0-)

      or locked cabinets or safes when the guns are not in use.  

      •  Agree, (1+ / 0-)
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        Desert Scientist

        especially on the point about a shotgun being effective for home defense.

        I posted a similar comment a week or so ago arguing that a shotgun is more effective and safer to bystanders and neighbors for home defense and got thoroughly skinned by some of the other posters, telling me I obviously know nothing about firearms.

        It's a tough discussion, even here on DKos.

        When atlatls are outlawed, only outlaws will have atlatls.

        by wheeldog on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 11:01:59 AM PST

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        •  Unfortunately people who have made their ... (0+ / 0-)

          minds up are often not going to even listen to the other side of an issue.  Being a scientist I am more used (although scientists can be bad about this too!) to a discussion, rather than an argument.  I think the main question should be"What can we do to lessen gun violence?", not "Anything you say is a personal attack on my unchangeable ideals and so I won't listen."

          Also guns, like economics, law, religion, politics, and education are likely to push people's buttons.  It would be nice to have civil discourse once in a while at least.

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